The UN Sustainable Development Goals present an ambitious global call to action to improve living conditions throughout the world. But it’s not sufficient for civil society alone to push toward the 17 goals. Businesses have particular opportunities and responsibilities in advancing the SDGs. It’s no longer a question of whether the private sector has a role to play – but what role it will play.
At The Level Market, we’ve aligned our core business with the strategic objectives of the international community. We echo the sentiments expressed by Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact who says that the SDGs represent “a key moment for the businesses around the world to elevate their missions and strategies to align with the post-2015 vision, producing outcomes that benefit society and the economy.”
The buyer-supplier connections we facilitate, and the transactions we make possible for humanitarian supplies support and streamline global efforts to achieve the SDGs.
Goal #1 No Poverty
The global community has made great strides in reducing by half the number of people living in extreme poverty. But success is uneven and can be attributed to economic growth in China and India. With roughly more than 1.3 billion people still living in extreme poverty, there’s much to do. Poverty alleviation programs come in many forms and providing access to income-producing assets, such as solar charging units and clean cook stoves that can be used in micro-franchise programs are key to helping people get out of poverty.
It’s hard to get out of poverty if your basic needs aren’t met. The Level Market also provides customers with access to core relief items including shelter, blankets, collapsible water containers, and water purification tablets.
Goal #2 Zero Hunger
One in three people in the world suffers from some form of malnutrition. An extreme scarcity of food is causing severe hunger, malnutrition and even famine, across South Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen and the Horn of Africa. Ready-to-use foods like those found in our marketplace and nutrient rich energy bars help to provide basic nourishment for malnourished children.
Goal #3 Good Health and Well-Being
Millions of people around the world still die from preventable diseases because of a lack of access to medical facilities and supplies. From unsafe childbirth practices to the spread of HIV/AIDS and malaria, the global community is stepping up its fight against diseases and maternal and child mortality. We offer top-tier products that support basic health and wellness – especially for women and children, who we know are the most vulnerable in impoverished and disaster-affected communities. Check out the mosquito nets, female condoms, clean birth kits, and safe sanitary pads.
Goal #4 Quality Education
The enrollment rate for primary education has reached 91 percent in developing regions – what an accomplishment! But this progress is fragile, with conflict and instability threatening to undo much of the hard work done over the past few decades. Whether it’s eyeglasses to improve vision, sanitary pads that keep girls from missing school during menstruation, or solar lighting that allows for better and longer study time, our vital supplies reduce barriers to education that affect children living in poverty or those forced to leave their homes due to conflict or climate change.
Goal #6 Clean Water and Sanitation
More than 40 percent of people around the world are affected by water scarcity issues. This staggering number will only be exacerbated by climate change. As a global community, we are finally starting to embrace the importance of sanitation for so many other health outcomes – growth, ability to fight disease, economic performance later in life are all impacted by WASH. Access to clean water and basic sanitation can save thousands of lives every day and The Level Market offers a wide and varied range of WASH products, like the composting toilet, for poverty alleviation and conflict situations.
Goal #7 Affordable and Clean Energy
Since 1990, 1.7 billion people have gained access to energy. But this isn’t simply about getting people on the grid. As more people plug in, the demands on our planet grow so Goal 7 really focuses on bringing clean and renewable energy sources to those in need renewable energy systems and clean cookstoves are a win-win, offering simple and efficient options for users while reducing environmental and health impacts. The extensive cookstove and power products offered on The Level Market not only allow people to access energy but also help to reduce the environmental impact of accessing energy.
The SDGs are all intimately linked and progress in one area has knock-on effects for so many other goals. We are proud to support the SDGs and take a leadership role in the private sector’s ability to bolster the SDGs through our marketplace for humanitarian supplies. If you would like to learn more about The Level Market and the SDGs or how your organization can impact the goals, please contact us.